Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Rockdale Art Farm- Approved!


  Remember me telling you about the Rockdale Art Farm? Happy to say that it has now been approved.   Full steam ahead!  Richard and I are pleased over this and very happy for Joe Eifrid, the gentleman who is behind this great venture.  Way to go, Joe!


Wonderful article written about the Rockdale Art Farm, you may read it just here.  Please read it if you can, it is very well written and it explains the very personal reasons behind Joe's determination in making this park a reality.  

I think I told you that they plan to have a pollinator garden at the Rockdale Art Farm.  Wonderful!  Just now, before I began typing this post, I read that hundreds of Monarch butterflies were spotted in the gardens in Asheville, North Carolina...so they are headed to Georgia! By this time next year, there should be flowers at RAF for them.  Love the thought of that...


A few years back, we were lucky enough to be at Arabia Mountain when we had hundreds of Monarch butterflies fly over us as we walked up the mountain. What a lovely thing to witness. I will never forget it.




We still have butterflies in our garden today but it is expected to cool down this weekend.  The last day I saw my hummingbirds was Oct. 6th.  See you next year, little hummers...maybe at the new Rockdale Art Farm, expected to open in the Spring of 2019.

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    1. Hope you are wearing your cheerleader outfit! LOL!

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  2. Hi, Kay! I have a lot of catching up on your posts to do. You always share such interesting things. I read the article. How wonderful that something helpful and beautiful came out of the tragedies Joe Eifrid experienced. We had snow today. Our hummers and butterflies are long gone. I hope you, Richard, and Christoper are safely out of the path of Hurricane Michael. I think of all the people in its way and pray that they will be okay. In my reply to your comment on my blog, I said that I was thinking of you a lot in Hove and Brighton. Well I was also thinking of you when I visited a thousand year old Benedictine monastery in Florence. I was fortunate to see a vespers service of about ten monks singing Gregorian chants. It was one of the highlights of my time in Florence, and I was thinking about how moving it would have been for you. Take care! Be safe! I'll be back!

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    1. I need to clarify ~ They were Olivetan monks who are the "white monks" of the Benedictine Confederation.

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    2. Louise! So lovely to see your comment! Thank you for reading that article, it was just what I wanted to write if only I could write! And how sweet that you thought of us when you were in East Sussex! Lucky you to have visited England AND Italy!
      After I reply to my comments here, I will be off to read about the monastery that you visited in Florence. It is a wonderful thing that we live so close to a monastery and can hear the chanting of the monks, every day if we wanted to!
      As I am typing this, the wind is howling and it is a bit scary. Heard on the news that we have not had a hurricane here in Georgia since the 1880's. Oh boy, wish I was in the concrete building at the Monastery!

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    3. I hope you are okay! I'm worried as I watch the hurricane moves into Georgia. We're still waiting to hear from Terry's brother who lived right in the path of the storm just inland from Mexico Beach. I should have told you the name of the monastery and church: San Miniato al Monte. Be safe! Take care!

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  3. Congrats to the Rockdale Art Farm! That's good news.

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    1. Thank you, Debra! And thanks for your well wishes.

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  4. Yay!! I'd raise my glass to this success if I had one ready right now - instead, my muesli bowl will have to do :-) (It is breakfast time here as I am reading this.)

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    1. That muesli sounds good to me! :-) You will hear more about the Rockdale Art Farm, stay tuned!

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  5. How wonderful the Art Farm has been approved. Looking forward to seeing it in the future. I love that you see butterflies - sadly we rarely see them in our garden, perhaps because we have so many birds. As a child I remember we often had them. Even better: Hummingbirds! I was so excited the one and only time I saw them in Canada. They are amazing little birds.

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    1. We adore our butterflies and hummers! I have to tell you, I loved your last post. You live in such a beautiful part of the world!

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  6. There must be plenty of milkweed plants around for that is the plant on which the Monarch lays its eggs. We had thousands of them in Napier where I lived in New Zealand. They are such an amazing butterfly.

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    1. Yes, the milkweed is a host plant for the Monarchs. We really only see the Monarchs in Georgia when they are migrating, so when I see one, I get so excited! You had thousands of them in New Zealand? Wow!

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  7. That is great news ! I've never seen butterflies when migrating like that but I do love them. It is amazing when you think about how far they go. Nice there will be a place for them to stop on their journey next year.

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    1. It IS amazing, how far they migrate! When we have one that stops on our flowers in our gardens, it makes me so happy!

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  8. I haven't seen a monarch butterfly in forever.

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    1. Keep an eye out! Don't you live in South Carolina? You might see them migrating!

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  9. Hooray for the Art Farm! Mr. BA grows milkweed and we saw monarchs this year, so lovely.

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    1. Aren't they gorgeous?
      Thanks for being happy about the Art Farm! :-)

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  10. I grow Milkweed for the Monarchs but they have not found it yet as far as I can tell. We don't see so many anymore. I did get some good pictures though earlier on. Guess it's a matter of knowing where to look. Luv Janice

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    1. There has been a decline in the monarchs, sad to say. When we see one, we need to celebrate! xx

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  11. The R.A.F should be good. Hope the butterflies can hide somewhere to avoid that hurricane presently sweeping the USA and arrive in Georgia at the right time.

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    1. The hurricane was terrible. I feel so sorry for those people in Florida. Mexico Beach, that was such a pretty beach area. I have not been there for years but Most of my co workers vacation in that area. Did a lot of damage in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia too from what I have read. If you see the pictures from Florida though...man, it looks like a bomb hit it.

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  12. This is wonderful news, Kay! I wonder why I am so behind in reading blog...It has been really busy around here, and not about to slow down, but I hope to do better....The hurricane was indeed shocking. I hope if there is another one more people will evacuate in time! But what a long recovery there will be from this.

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    1. A long recovery for sure. The photos from there are just so sad. I know what you mean about being busy, not sure what has changed for me, must be my aging brain! Hope you are well, take care.

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